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Acronis True Image Home is used in several of my examples. I'll walk through the steps of setting up the 2011 version.
In several of my responses, I mention Acronis True Home Image. Most presume that Acronis is, in fact, installed, or that the process of installing it is obvious to the casual observer.
That's not always the case.
Let me walk you through the steps of installing Acronis True Image Home 2011.
Acronis is a downloadable program available from the Acronis web site. Whether you purchase the program or just want to try it out, the download is actually the same. As we'll see during the install, there's a place to enter the serial number if you elect to purchase it. Either way, I encourage you to get it from their site to ensure that you're getting the correct and most recent version.
I received Acronis as a single program file: ATIH2011_6696_en-US.exe. As versions and names change, what you get may be somewhat different.
Running that file starts the Acronis setup program:
You can see that Acronis was unable to connect to its update server. In this example, I installed it on a new machine that's not yet connected to the internet.
Clicking on Install Acronis TrueImage Home at the top takes us to the setup wizard:
After agreeing to the EULA (End User License Agreement), and choosing whether or not to participate in the Customer Experience Program, you'll have an opportunity to enter in the serial number for the purchased program:
The serial number format used by Acronis is long enough that I copied it to a text file on another internet-connected machine. Then, I used a USB thumb-drive to get it to my new machine where I opened it in Notepad and copied/pasted the serial number into the form.
Next up is the setup type:
No matter what I set up, I always choose Custom; I strongly recommend that you do the same. It's the one way to avoid unexpected hitchhikers on product installs. Acronis doesn't have any, but it's still a habit that I recommend.
The one change that I made was to not install the online backup option (I have my own approach so I will never use this).
Next is user selection:
For a single-user machine, there's theoretically little difference, but I almost always select "Install for all users that share this computer" so that no matter what accounts I might create in the future, I'll always have access to the program.
Finally, there's a summary:
Assuming that all is correct, click on Proceed and the setup commences.
After a few minutes, this message appears when finally complete:
Click on Close and ....
Unfortunately, like most backup programs, Acronis does install some low-level software that requires that you reboot your machine in order to complete the installation.
After doing so, you can run Acronis True Image Home 2011:
You might notice a "Show at startup" checkbox in the lower left. I actually recommend unchecking that. While the shortcuts on the splash screen sound inviting, my experience is that they make more assumptions than I would like and ultimately end up causing confusion.
In my opinion, selecting Go to the main screen (Use all the program functionality.) is the way to go, both now and when you run Acronis in the future.
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